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The Do’s & Dont’s of Buying Your First Home

Well, spring is coming and along with that sees increased activity in the Real Estate market. Maybe it is even time for you to buy your first home. If it is, contact me and I will be happy to help guide you through the process.Here a few Do’s and Don’ts of Buying your First Home

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21 Spring Flowers for Your Garden

With all this crazy winter weather you might be starting to think about spring. Spring may be buried under 2 feet of snow at the moment but soon enough the rain will come and the sun will shine. Then it will be time to start thinking about planting our gardens. It is good to find plants that will last through spring and into the summer to get the most out of your money. Also, A little attention to your garden can really spruce up your curb appeal. Flowers have also been know to lift your mood. So, take some time and do a little research to figure out what plants you might like to purchase this spring to make your garden look perfect. Plus, it’s a fun way to beat the winter blues.

You can check out this site from Better Homes and Gardens:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/early-blooming-flowers/?slideId=9a28a0de-16ff-4ff9-a5fd-5024e3a4fe19

Selling your Home in the Winter

The winter is a harder time of the year to sell your home for sure. No one wants to get out of his or her car in the rain to see an open house and no one wants to leave their own home in the snow to house hunt. It is possible to sell your home; you just have to be a little more patient. Continue reading

Family trip to Penticton

Summer came and went. Did it seem to speed by for anyone else? Our final family vacation of the summer was a trip up to Penticton and OK Falls. This destination has many memories for my wife and I. We both have fond memories of vacationing there as children. We would like to make memories there now that we have a family of our own. It was the first time we were able to vacation there with our daughter. We took her to the place where we had our fist kiss, which just happens to be the place of our engagement. Penticton has such a soft spot in our hearts. We enjoyed time on the beach, eating ice cream, touring the farmers market, wine tasting and going for walks. We are looking forward to building many more special family moments in Penticton through the years to come.

Plant Combinations for Low Water Gardens

Summer heat means watering restrictions. It can be discouraging when you plant a garden that you can’t water it to keep it looking nice. Or, maybe you don’t even bother planting a garden because it’s too much work to keep up with watering it at all. Gardens can really make your home look great and enhance curb appeal. So, it might be worthwhile to plant that garden. There are plants that require lots of water and there are some that require very little. Maybe planting a low-water garden can make maintenance easy and keep your yard looking fresh a beautiful during the summer months. You can check out some great ideas on Houzz.com: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/68285884/list/7-stunning-plant-combinations-for-low-water-gardens

Container Gardening

This new trend of container gardening is really something. If you love to garden but are at a lack for space this could really be a great answer. Especially if you are living in a small apartment or basement suit, a container garden may be all you have space for. You can do plants, flowers, veggies, really anything inside a container. Don’t give up on your gardening dreams, just think outside the box and plant your veggies in a box. If you are interested in trying out your own container garden you can check out these helpful tips from Canadian Living.

http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/gardening/article/7-secrets-to-successful-container-gardening

What’s On Your Must-Have List For Your Dream Home?

Have you ever put together a list of must have’s for your dream home? What is top of your list? Mine is a view. I want a house that has an incredible view with windows floor to ceiling so I can enjoy the sights from every place in the house. There is a show on W network that is called Buying the View. I love watching that show. Some of the homes are stunning and the views are worth the price you pay. Now to win the lottery and make my dreams come true!

You can check out the show here: http://www.wnetwork.com/shows/buying-view

Los Cabos, Mexico Trip

When it feels like January in July I know that it is time for a holiday. It felt more like summer in May than it does now. So, my family and I took a trip to Los Cabos Mexico to seek out some sun. With the market as busy as it is, time with my family is precious because work has been keeping me on my toes. We were able to get away and spend some quality time together. It was the first Mexican vacation for our little babe. We braved a plane ride and 7 days all-inclusive with a 6 month old. She did great. She loved all the attention she got from the people in the resort. We couldn’t get far without someone stopping us to tell us what a beautiful princess she was. I really enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my wife and daughter. Mexico is one of my favourite places to visit and it was a dream come true to share with my girls.

Innovative way to make your home more spacious and livable

With the house prices sky rocketing in the lower mainland you might be left with the heavy feeling that you may never own the home of your dreams. Or, wondering how you will ever own a home big enough for your family. You could spend your days saving every last dollar to buy that big beautiful home or you could think a little outside the box. Buying a smaller home and doing some creative renovations to make every last inch count is an innovative way to make a smaller home more spacious and livable. I know what you might be thinking; tiny living isn’t for me. But, what if it was a step up from tiny living, a home that is larger but the functionality of using every possible space in the house was implemented? Here is a video on a family that did just that to make their smaller two-bedroom home into the perfect living space for their family of four. Check it out. It might give you some inventive ideas of how to make the space in your home work better for you.
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/57439007/video/houzz-tv-seattle-family-almost-doubles-its-space-without-adding-on?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u3170&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0

Winter Gardens

With winter on its way you might be wondering how to keep up the curb appeal of your house. BC has been blessed with wonderful fall weather, so, it might be a good idea to get out in your garden and plant some perennials that are tough enough to withstand the winter weather. These plants will last year-round and keep your yard looking great! For some great ideas and suggestions on what kind of plants will make it through the wind, rain, and snow, check out this link to Better Homes and Gardens.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/perennials-designed-to-survive-harsh-winters/